Some of our architect clients have a 2D workflow. But, they still benefit from 3D efficiency. For this historic Florida home, we used one set of 3D/360° laser scans to draft seven as-built 2D Autocad files

4 Elevations

2 Floor Plans

1 Roof Plan

Here's a short video showing all of the above:

See more of what we can do at Our laser scans enable us to reverse engineer blueprints, CAD files and 3d models from any built structure with up to ±3mm accuracy.

Are you a MiMo fan? Take a quick tour through our laser scans of a post-war modern architectural specimen on Miami Beach. Designed by Melvin Grossman, the Carnival Motel opened in 1956. It was the kind of place you might book a few weeks, lounging with a cigarette and martini while listening to some new guy Elvis Presley (with 3 singles in the top 10 that year).

Later renamed the International Inn, the property has been kept mostly intact. Even the two lobby phone booths still have the original air blowers so you can keep smoking while you dial Senator McCarthy's hotline. The lobby's original terrazzo floors and forged handrail are still intact, as is the 25' wall of windows.

Our final deliverable was a 3d Revit model which allows the architect and other stakeholders to plan, redesign and approve with actual measurements. With historic properties, it's not unusual to have slopes in floors or other deviations that are undetected by conventional methods of measurement. The science in our laser scans help make the case for surgical fixes while maintaining historic integrity.

"The science in our laser scans help make the case for surgical fixes while maintaining historic integrity."

The last part of the video shows a quick solar visualization. With survey control points, we geolocated the structure and set the time to 6:55am on August 1st. By the end of the clip 12 hours later, we can see what the late afternoon light does through the sloping 25' wall of windows.

In the Miami Beach hospitality industry, sunshine is just as important as drinks and food. Luckily for this client, there has been very little adjacent multi-story development so the sunlight continues to fall unchanged for the past 64 years.

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With all the excitement about 3D, sometimes we overlook the benefits of 2D. For instance, we received a call from a facility manager in Miami who needed to rearrange his 66,000-sqft manufacturing floor. Equipment, flow of materials, storage, shipping, management offices and maintenance all needed to be considered.

We used our 3D scanners to capture precision measurements of the floor space, walls, rooms, equipment, ceilings, lights and cranes. We then sliced the 3D model to reveal only the floor and drafted all of these items into Autocad DWG files so they could see what they had. We then did the same thing with the ceiling to show the structure, cranes, columns, lighting and other features.

Scanning took five hours and drafting took about four days. Can we help your facility with efficient space planning? Please visit or call 1.561.866.4407.

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